Examples of matters I investigate

  • complaints of workplace bullying and harassment ( including cyber bullying)
  •  other alleged employee misconduct
  •  personal relationship breakdowns
  •  intra organisational conflict
  • dysfunction
  •  occupational health and safety


Why an external investigator?

  • To achieve both actual and perceived independence, and hence credibility
  • To avoid conflicts of interest
  • To enable and encourage frankness
  • To benefit from the standing and expertise of the investigator concerned
  • To achieve an outsider's objectivity and perspective
  • To avoid the time and attention of an internal person being otherwise lost to the organisation as they investigate.


My qualifications to investigate


I had 30 years of experience as a court lawyer. Much of that has been in criminal law.

I have some 25 years of experience as a fact finder and decision maker. This experience derives from my being:

  • A longstanding member of statutory tribunals and complaints assessment committees.
  • An adjudicator under the Retirement Villages Act 2003, appointed by the Retirement Commissioner.
  • An arbitrator.


My experience as an investigator


I have undertaken 16 investigations for:

  • Auckland Council
  • The Tasman District Council
  • The NZ Defence Force
  • The NZ Police
  • The Ministry of Education
  • The University of Otago
  • The University of Canterbury
  • The Department of Corrections
  • An integrated special character school
  • A high school

These investigations have included allegations of bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination, relationship breakdown, organisational conflict and dysfunction, unfair treatment under employment law, incompetency and dishonesty.

My qualities as an investigator


I bring to bear the following qualities to my investigation work:

  • Thoroughness and care
  • Sound judgement and commonsense
  • Attention to accuracy and detail
  • Integrity and fairness
  • Confidentiality and discreteness
  • Ability to engender trust and confidence
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Good organisational skills
  • Adherence to deadlines
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to make an early start



Nigel Dunlop's fees


Do I investigate outside Nelson?


Although I am Wellington based, I am available to undertake investigations throughout NZ.


Engaging me as an investigator


It is important that the following be agreed and recorded in writing before I commence work:

  • The subject matter of the investigation
  • The questions which I am to answer
  • The relevant law, code, rules, regulations or standards by which conduct is to be assessed
  • The scope of documentation with which I will be supplied at the commencement of the investigation
  • Who I must, and who I may interview, who I may contact, and any limits on the scope of who I may interview or contact.
  • When and where interviews occur, how are they arranged, and how they are to be recorded.
  • With whom the content of interviews and other information obtained may or must be shared
  • Whether I am to make recommendations as well as findings
  • To whom are copies of my report to be given.
  • The expected timing or deadline for the report
  • With whom I liaise throughout the investigation
  • Remuneration